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Pope sees 'educational emergency' in flight from truth

February 07, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an “educational emergency” caused by relativism, in a February 7 address to members of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

“Educational work seems to be becoming ever more arduous because, in a culture which all too often makes relativism its creed, the light of truth is lacking,” the Pope said. “Indeed, it is considered dangerous even to speak about truth, thus instilling doubt about the basic values of individual and community life.”

The Pope devoted most of his talk to the role of Catholic universities in pursuing and defending truth. He also spoke more specifically about the use of the internet by students and seminarians, saying that if it is “used intelligently and prudently, it can be a useful tool.”


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